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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 5-hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire

2015 Loudon I CUP Kyle Busch trophy CIA

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Eight races into his return to competition, Kyle Busch has now claimed three victories in the Cup series. He continues his bid to make the 2015 Chase, taking his second consecutive win at New Hampshire. Busch now sits 58 points behind 30th position. I’ll start the hashtag: #BuschWatch Loudon produced a diverse number of teams …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

2015 Kentucky CUP Kyle Busch bow credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Kyle Busch is doing everything he can to ensure he makes the 2015 Chase. He utterly dominated the race Saturday night, leading 163 of the 267 laps and claiming his second win in the last three races, though he still sits 87 points outside of the top 30. The big story leading up to the …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono

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After leading so many laps in the past three races, Martin Truex Jr. finally led the one that mattered most, breaking a winless streak dating back to 2013. This win is his first with Furniture Row Racing since replacing Kurt Busch behind the wheel. Most importantly, it puts Truex and team 78 back in the …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the All-Star Race

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It’s hard to believe that Joe Gibbs Racing had never been to victory lane in the All-Star Race. Well, that stat came to an end Saturday night as Denny Hamlin held off Kevin Harvick to win the million-dollar payout and gave JGR its first non-points win at Charlotte. Many would have probably put their money …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2015 Spongebob 400 at Kansas

2015 Kansas I CUP Jimmie Johnson trophy credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Another rain delay and another late finish. This time Jimmie Johnson took advantage of a late-race caution and chose track position over tires/fuel to claim his season-leading third victory. Kevin Harvick led the second-most laps (53), but after pitting and taking two tires, was unable to catch Johnson in the few laps remaining. He managed another …

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Power Rankings: Top 15 After Atlanta

2015 Atlanta CUP Jimmie Johnson wins credit NASCAR via Getty Images

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Throughout the 2014 season, the question on everyone’s mind was, when will Jimmie Johnson win his first race of the year? Although Johnson went on to win four races in 2014, he was never a threat for the championship, opening the door for questions about the team and combination with crew chief Chad Knaus. The …

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The Life of a Racing Pit Reporter: Kelli Stavast

2019 Daytona IWSC Kelli Stavast Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Back in September, I had the great pleasure to sit down with some of NBC Sports’ on-air personalities.  We’ve already covered the point of view of play-by-play commentator Rick Allen and booth analyst Jeff Burton.  Today, we’re going down to pit road with the help of Kelli Stavast. For me, personally, the first time I …

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Friday Faceoff: What Kind of Champ Will Kyle Busch Be?

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After the dust cleared at Homestead, Kyle Busch was the last man standing as Sprint Cup champ. What kind of champion will Busch be, and how will his championship be remembered down the road? Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor: Busch’s injury and fatherhood has molded him into a mature, respectful man. Rowdy will be a good …

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Matt McLaughlin’s Thinkin’ Out Loud: Bristol-1 Race Recap

*The Key Moment* – Brad Keselowski, the race leader, never got up to speed on the final restart, allowing Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch to pass him before the first corner. While Keselowski and Busch battled over second, Kahne drove off to a win.

*In a Nutshell* – New car, new track, same old Bristol racing.

*Dramatic Moment* – There’s many to choose from, including that final restart, but my nod goes to the incident where Jeff Gordon blew a tire while leading and took out second-place contender Matt Kenseth. It’s rare these days you see the entire complexion of the race change in the blink of an eye. (Or during commercial break, in this case… sigh.)

Mirror Driving: The Rights Of A Lapped Car, Pastrana’s Debut And 5-Hour… What?

*The last two races, at Texas and Kansas, have run without a single multi-car incident, and there have been complaints about the quality of racing in both. Even Martinsville and Bristol saw fewer dustups than fans are accustomed to. What accounts for the lack of full-contact racing, anyway?*

Beth: Simple answer: points. Everyone is so concerned about making the Chase and winning a championship that they’re terrified to screw up and cost themselves.
Amy: Well, we talked about drivers points racing, but I don’t think that’s all of it.

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